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I graduated from Electrical & Computer Engineering at the University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. After that I alternated between working for other people and starting my own businesses (Data Central, Verisim, and Precidia) to varying degrees of success. I spent 5 years in Zurich, Switzerland helping run some of Google more prestigious services (including News and Websearch proper) before moving to Google/Montreal in mid-2012 to become a software developer on Chrome.

I have 2 children, a boy and a girl, who take up plenty of my time but do photography and home renovations (including a kitchen, mudroom, and deck) as hobbies.


Nov
24
comment How can I deal with my unreasonable 8 year old with ADHD?
Any modern book on nutrition will point out how important balance is. A simple study in digestion will show that the harsh effects of a sweet desert are somewhat mitigated by having slow-digesting foods in your stomach. Good eating has rules. Unnatural would be, "If you don't eat your dinner then no TV next Thursday" -- there's no relation at all. I'll note that I originally stated "nothing else" -- that is, I'm not going to cook a different dinner just for you -- but desert is part of it.
Oct
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awarded  Notable Question
Oct
5
awarded  Yearling
Sep
24
revised 5yr Old Has Trouble With Letters & Reading
Update on daughter's progress.
Mar
23
awarded  Popular Question
Nov
25
comment 5yr Old Has Trouble With Letters & Reading
Thanks. It's good to know that it's a common thing. When you have two kids and they're different, you can't really tell which is "unusual" or if both are "normal" (or both are "unusual"). It's a year down the road and she's reading much better though still will have trouble sounding out a word she just sounded out on the line above. Teacher says she reads very well, though, and I guess she would know better than I.
Oct
5
awarded  Yearling
Mar
19
comment How do we stop our daughter rolling over and waking herself up?
@Banang, how does anyone know what a 5mo old child "actually believes"? And nobody is suggesting leaving them alone for extended periods. 5, 6, or 7 minutes is not a long time. Start with less if you're concerned. You'll note that I explicitly said it was necessary for you to return so the child knows that you'll always come. You just don't have to come immediately.
Nov
15
comment Is the Rosetta software a good tool for teaching a toddler foreign languages?
Though it's highly unlikely that a child will learn a language from this alone, a little exposure to the sounds and methods of another culture can only be a good thing in helping them find their way in this large-yet-interconnected world.
Nov
15
comment Is the Rosetta software a good tool for teaching a toddler foreign languages?
It is not a waste of time! They may not learn the language but as far as "time well spent", adding a familiarity to the sounds and methods of a culture is a good thing. It's a big world out there and little more exposure can only help them fit into it.
Nov
13
comment How to deal with tantrums in an older child?
+1 for "don't let his tantrums succeed". The first time my daughter threw a tantrum, I just walked into another room. When she came there to continue it, I went to yet another room. The second time she threw a tantrum (screaming, pounding fists on the floor, etc.) I went and got my camera and took pictures of her. There wasn't a third. (She and I talked afterwards, though, about why that wasn't appropriate and better ways to behave.)
Nov
6
answered How can I prevent my 2 year old from covering her face with a blanket when she sleeps?
Nov
4
answered What should be done when your child wakes up from a nap and is extremely irritable?
Nov
2
comment How Much Hallowe'en Candy?
I told them they could eat them all. Being "light" isn't generally a problem. I'm actually considering far more what lessons they will learn from it that what damage may come to their teeth or bodies in general. I like to be clear with my kids what the rules/limits are, not to come down on them but so they know. Otherwise, it may seem completely arbitrary to them.
Nov
2
revised How can I prevent my 9 month old from eating anything and everything?
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Nov
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Nov
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Nov
2
comment To medicate or not to medicate?
That's a tough question and in the end one you'll have to make with both your mind and your gut. I think as long as you're sure that you're doing what you believe is best for him and not what is best for others, then you'll be okay.
Nov
2
comment How to raise a child between agnostic parent and believer relatives?
Nicely said. It's important not only for kids to come to their own conclusions but also to respect the beliefs of others even when they don't agree with them. Personally, I tell my kids that the Bible is a story and like many stories it is not generally true even though there are some facts within that are true. But I also tell my kids about Santa Clause and the Tooth Mouse (we were in Switzerland -- they have a mouse instead of a fairy) knowing that someday I'm they're going to realize that they're just fun stories. (Except Santa... even I believe in Santa!)